What a special evening! Thank you to everyone who stepped out last Friday night to join us at the 2018 Next Step Block Party in Cambridge, MA.
It was an incredible night that couldn't have happened without your passionate support and enthusiasm of our mission. We are thrilled to report that we raised $74,000 including $35,000 from the live auction! The money raised from the event will help us build a bigger and stronger community for teens and young adults living with cancer, HIV and rare genetic disorders. Your presence was life-changing for many deserving young people!
A deep heartfelt thank you to many sponsors and partners who supported this year's event, including Pfizer, BlueBird Bio, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Impact Performance Group, Cambridge Savings Bank, Commonwealth Cambridge, Turkish Airlines, Sam Adams, Cambridge Brewing Company, Ipswich Ale Brewery, Lamplighter Brewing Co., Bent Water Brewing, Clown Shoes Beer, Jack's Abby, Rumson's Rum, Jonah's Twisters, Boston Event Lighting and Films, K Systems Production Services, Staples and Anya and MIT!
A special thank you to Kimberly Khare, Lorrie Kubicek, Kim Zunner, Adam Sankowski, Zach Fields, MIke Simonelli, Caryl Beth Thomas and Samantha Hale from the amazingly talented My Band! You truly are rockstars for working so hard to rehearse over 30 NEW SONGS to bring a fresh feel to the dance floor this year!
Thank you to accordionist Danielle Renzi who played her tunes for our guests during the beer tasting in the new beer garden.
A special shout out to Grace who received a well-deserved standing ovation from the 200+ guests in attendance for her heartwarming performance of "Facing Uncertainty", an original song written by her friend and fell Next Step participant. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Weigers for sharing your inspiring story.
Thank you to the remarkable Jessica Erin from Jessica Erin Images for snapping the beautiful pictures of our party!
An event like this one cannot happen without the generous time, energy, and huge hearts that our event committee devoted to us the last several months to make this party the best one to date! We hope you had as much fun as we did at the 2018 Next Step Block Party! Enjoy the pictures and thank you again from all of us at Next Step!